If you grew up in America during the 1970s, 80s, or 90s, it’s likely that you played at least one educational computer game—either at school, at home, or even on your mom or dad’s computer at work. These games sought to entertain as well as educate with the clichéd goal of “making learning fun.” And, honestly, some were fun enough to play voluntarily.
Under consultation with PCWorld and Macworld, I’ve peeled back the pages of time to examine some of the best educational games of the classic PC era. For clarity’s sake, we’re limiting this article to personal computer-based titles, so you won’t find any console games on the list. When you’re done reading, please tell us your favorite educational titles in the comments below. Ready to go back to school? Then let’s get started.